By Dr. Michael Rockers, Superintendent of Hawaii Catholic Schools Special to the Herald
“Stewards of the Gospel,” the Diocese of Honolulu’s pastoral plan, states that “our Catholic schools are an effective infrastructure for formation in the faith.”
A recent Hawaii Catholic School survey revealed that Catholic schools play a critical role in evangelization and in preparing their children to receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. As part of the diocese’s efforts this year to return these sacraments to their “original order,” more than 1,000 Hawaii Catholic Schools students will be confirmed this spring.
Also, more than 40 parents and sponsors will join or be fully initiated into the Catholic Church due, in large part, to a connection with these students.
One excellent example of this work of evangelization is St. Michael School in Waialua. On April 8, Bishop Larry Silva paid a special visit to administer the sacraments to students and family members.